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Paean

A song or expression of praise and thanksgiving (n)

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Palliate

To make something appear less serious, gloss over (v)

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Panacea

A remedy for all diseases or ills (n)

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Panache

A grand or flamboyant manner (adj)

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Pandemic

Widespread; occurring over a large area or affecting an unusually large percentage of the population (adj)

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Panegyric

Formal expression of praise (n)

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Paradigm

Something that serves as a model, example or pattern (n)

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Paradox

Contradiction; a seemingly self-contradictory statement (n)

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Paragon

Something regarded as a model of excellence or perfection in some way (n)

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Pariah

An outcast, a rejected and despised person (n)

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Parody

A humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, (n)

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Parry

To block, evade, or ward off (v)

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Parsimonious

Cheap, miserly (adj)

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Partisan

One-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced (adj)

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Pastoral

Having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristic generally attributed to rural areas (adj)

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Paucity

Sarcity, a lacking of (adj)

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Peccadillo

A slight offense; literally, a minor sin (n)

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Pedagogy

The art or profession of training, teaching or instructing (n)

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Pedantic

Ostentatious display of learning excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules, unimaginative (adj)

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Pedestrian

Commonplace, trite, unremarkable (adj)

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Pellucid

Clear in meaning, expression, or style; translucent (adj)

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Penchant

Strong inclination, a liking (n)

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Pentential

Expressive of regret for one's wrongdoing (adj)

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Penurious

Penny-pinching, excessively thrifty; ungenerous (adj)

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Peremptory

Admitting of no contradiction, putting an end to further debate, haugty, imperious (adj)

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Perennial

Reccurent through the year or many years, happening repeatedly (adj)

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Perfidy

Intentional breach of faith, treachery (n)

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Perfunctory

Cursory, done without care of interest (adj)

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Peripatetic

Itinerant, traveling, nomadic (adj)

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Pernicious

Extremely harmful, potentially causing death

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Personable

Pleasing in appearance, attractive (adj)

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Perspicacious

Acutely perceptive, having keen discernment (adj)

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Peruse

To examine with great care (v)

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Pervade

To permeate throughout (v)

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Petrous

Like a rock; hard, stony (adj)

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Petulant

Impatient, irritable (adj)

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Philanthropic

Humanitarian; benevolent (adj)

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Philistine

A crass indvidual guided by material rather than intellectual or artisitic values (n)

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Phlegmatic

Calm, sluggish, unemotional (adj)

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Picaresque

Involving clever rogues or adventurers (adj)

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Pied

Multicolored, usually in blotches (adj)

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Pillory

To punish, hold up to public scorn (v)

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Pine

To yearn intensely, to lose vigor (v)

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Pious

Extremely reverent or devout (adj)

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Piquant

Agreeably pungent, spicy, stimulating (adj)

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Pique

Resentment, feeling of irritation due to hurt pride (n)

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Pirate

To use o reproduce illegally (v)

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Pith

The essential or central part (n)

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Placate

To appease, to calm by making concessions (v)

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Plaintive

Mournful, melancholy, sorrowful (adj)

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Plangent

Punding, thundering, resounding (adj)

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Plastic

Moldable, pliable, not rigid (adj)

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Platitude

A superficial or trite remark (n)

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Plethora

An overabundance, a surplus (n)

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Pluck

Courage, spunk, fortitude (n)

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Plumb

To measure the depth, to examine critically (v)

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Plummet

To plunge or drop straight down (v)

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Poignant

Distressing, pertinent, touching, stimulating, emotional (adj)

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Polemical

Controversial, argumentative (adj)

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Portentous

Ominously significant or indicative (adj)

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Pragmatic

Practical rather than idealistic (adj)

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Prate

Chatter, babble (v)

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Prattle

To babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner (v)

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Precarious

Uncertain, risky, dangerous (adj)

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Precept

Rule establishing standards of conduct, a doctrine that is taught (n)

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Precipitate

Acting with excessive haste or impulse (adj)

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Precursor

Something that precedes and indicates or announces another (n)

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Predilection

A disposition in favor of something, preference (n)

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Preeminent

Superior to others; surpassing (adj)

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Preempt

To replace, to supersede, to appropriate (v)

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Preen

To dress up, groom oneself with elaborate care (v)

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Premonitory

Serving to warn beforehand (adj)

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Prescience

Knowing of events prior to their occurring (n)

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Presumptuous

Overstepping bounds, as of propriety or courtesy (adj)

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Prevaricate

To deliberately avoid the truth, mislead (v)

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Pristine

Pure, uncorrupted, clean (adj)

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Prize

To pry, press, or force with a lever (v)

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Probity

Adherence to highest principles (adj)

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Proclivity

A natural predisposition or inclination (n)

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Prodigal

Recklessly wasteful, extravagant, lavish (adj)

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Prodigious

Abundant in size, force, or extent (adj)

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Profligate

Excessively wasteful, recklessly extravagant (adj)

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Prolific

Producing large volumes or amounts (adj)

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Prolix

Long-winded, verbose (adj)

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Promulgate

To make known by open declaration, proclaim formally, or put into operation (v)

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Propensity

A natural inclination or tendency, penchant (n)

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Propinquity

Nearness in time or place (adj)

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Propitiate

To appease or pacify (v)

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Propitious

Auspicious, favorable (adj)

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Propriety

Appropriateness, conformity with standards of acceptable behavior (n)

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Prosiac

Dull, unimaginative (adj)

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Proscribe

To outlaw or prohibit (v)

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Provident

Frugal, looking to the future (adj)

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Puerile

Childish, immature (adj)

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Pugnacious

Contentious, quarrelsome, given to fighting, belligerent (adj)

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Punctilious

Precise, paying attention to trivialities, especially in regard to etiquette (adj)

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Pundit

An authority on a subject (n)

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Pungent

Characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste, penetrating (adj)

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Pusillanimous

Cowardly, craven (adj)

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Putrefy

To rot, decay and give off a foul odor (v)